Practical Classics Spring 2021

Practical Classics magazine has a 30-year tradition of delivering the very best, hands-on classic car experiences to its readers. Every staff writer and contributor works on and restores their own classics. Each issue is packed with: * Rigorous buying advice * Real-world product tests * Inspirational classic driving features * Fascinating historical insight Practical Classics is also a campaigning title, taking the concerns of classic car owners to Parliament and keeping its readers' classics where they belong - on the road. So come and join PC in the workshop - the kettle's on.

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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
welcome to the workshop

Don’t know about you, but the novelty has definitely worn off. I’ve had enough of not being able to see my mates, my family and go on trips. Which is why the latest announcement of a road map out of lockdown couldn’t have come at a better time. With a fair wind, and with enough of us taking the vaccine, from June 21 we will be able to meet again… and when I say meet, I mean meet, with our classics, at a car show. And what meets they will be. So many of us have been working so hard that we have a glut of newly completed restorations to look forward to. Shows will be chokka, not just with stir crazy enthusiasts out for the first time in ages, but…

2 min
e-type unleashed

All you need to know about everything important The government’s easing of lockdown restrictions has been of real significance in Jaguar circles in this, the E-type’s 60th birthday year. Events marking it have been confirmed, including the E-type Club’s show at Shelsley Walsh on June 12-13 and the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ (and JDC) Club event at Bicester Heritage on July 4. Few model launches have been steeped in such drama as that of the E-type, first revealed at the 31st annual Geneva Motor Show. Unquestionably the star of the event, visitors flocked to Parc des Eaux-Vives to see the covers come off Jaguar’s new superstar on March 15, 1961. Pre-orders topped 500 by the time the show finished, no doubt to sighs of relief behind the scenes at Browns Lane. A series of discreet…

1 min
the month in 5 pics

► Silverstone Auctions will offer E-type Jaguar chassis number 60 for sale on Saturday March 27 in Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Live Online Auction. ► 2021 sees the 50th anniversary of one of Mazda’s most interesting and successful cars. The RX-3 cemented Mazda’s association with the rotary engine. ► The Aston Martin Bulldog is halfway through its restoration. The plan is to ultimately see the car being driven to its intended top speed of 200mph. ► Luxury car brand Hispano Suiza is now back on the automotive scene, with an extraordinary project led by Miguel Suqué Mateu, great-grandson of the founder. ► The Lakeland Motor Museum will celebrate 100 years since the birth of Donald Campbell in 2021.…

1 min
starting handle

It’s been a hot potato in recent weeks. Even large companies such as BMW Group Classic have paused trading with the UK amid trading changes. It’s not just the big boys though. In my role as the Morris Minor Owners’ Club’s spares coordinator, I recently had the need to send a set of 70-year-old Morris Minor con rods to Germany. To do so, I had to print seven pages of documents as well as sourcing the correct tariff code. It is also currently a challenge finding couriers who will take car parts – some I have used in the past, with no problem, now won’t accept any car parts because there is only one small group of tariff codes applicable to parts for petrol engine powered passenger vehicles and their systems…

3 min
pc resto show postponed!

EXCLUSIVE The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, which was due to take place over the weekend of June 11-13 has, once again, been postponed – this time to March 25-27, 2022. The decision was made after the announcement from the Prime Minister in late February that large gatherings cannot take place before June 22, 2021. Back in March 2020, the event was one of the first to suffer at the hands of the pandemic. Two alternative dates have since been proposed and then moved as the pandemic progressed. Now the June event has also been put off, being scheduled just ten days before the restrictions are due to be lifted. PC editor, Danny Hopkins, said: ‘It’s bad timing and everyone at the magazine is truly gutted about it. 40th anniversary…

1 min
dull but important

► E10 COMING BUT E5 REMAINS The Government has committed to guarantee supply of low ethanol E5 fuel at forecourts in Britain when E10 becomes available from September 2021. The low ethanol petrol for classics will be supplied via the higher octane ‘super’ grade, which reflects the representations from the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group. It is expected that this fuel will cost more than E10. ► DVLA OUTBREAK A significant outbreak of COVID-19 at the DVLA offices in Swansea has caused delays to a variety of services along with the apparent suspension of policy discussions with the Classic industries representative body the FBHVC. During the pandemic, the Federation has been pursuing five policy areas of DVLA policy concern including nonacceptance of ‘Date of Manufacture’ number marked on vehicles and statement of a…